April 27, 2011

Recycling at Home – It’s Fun and Environmental

We want the planet to be a better place for future generations, but it is up to us on how to educate them in keeping it clean and green.

Quite a few young children consider that all trash goes in the bin where it will get trucked off to the landfill. When it is good that they know to set garbage in its area alternatively than littering, we need to teach them which are the waste materials that can still be recycled. While they could learn the basics at school, it is up to the adults particularly their parents to inculcate them about the importance of recycling through setting an example.

Place various recycling bins in your household. It should be segregated accordingly, for instance set a bin for plastics, another for green wastes, and so forth. If necessary remind your children at night through conversing about the bins and what goes in them. Train them about how the various elements are taken to recycling centers and built into new materials for other industries. This is a critical step. The little ones require to know exactly where the goods go and what transpires to them after they set them in the bin. If you can provide a video clip of a recycling plant or even arrange a tour then it will make a major impression on your household. When they realize what occurs to the waste they will be a lot more likely to recycle.

Assign one particular person to be in charge of the bins every single week. If you have recycling area at home, that person will be accountable for monitoring and keeping the area clean. If you have to place your waste to a central site, have someone older help load the bins in the automobile and empty them when you get to the recycling center.

Teaching children how to recycle is one way of educating them about the importance of environmental conservation.

March 21, 2011

Light Pollution Defined

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What is light pollution?
The so called light pollution is now a growing worldwide problem which affects numerous areas in the earth. It refers to the misdirected or misused light that is generally resulting from an inappropriate application of outdoor lighting products. Light pollution may be present in various effects:

1. Sky Glow – It is the light escaping into the night sky and causing a glow over urban/suburban areas.
2. Glare – it is the light shining dangerously out into people’s eyes as they walk or drive by.
3. Light Trespass - unwanted light shining onto a neighbor’s property or into their home.

But why does light pollution concerns us all?

In various ways light pollution affects many people and some of these are quite obvious. It wastes billions of dollars annually in many countries particularly in United States. The unused light wastes incredible amounts of valuable natural resources such as fossil fuels and other energy source.

Light pollution also contributes to air pollution through needless generation of electricity (most of which comes from fossil fuels). This is not only about wasting our natural resources but contributing to environmental impact. The air pollution is one serious problem that affects large segments of the population.

This light pollution even harms nocturnal wildlife. Many species won't even go near an area that has bad lighting. Also, many species will simply stop reproducing if habitat destruction from overly bright lights becomes too severe. It is currently threatens all Florida Sea Turtles.

The light pollution is also said to harm human health and being linked to some serious illness such as breast cancer. It is even thought of as second hand smoke in the 1980's. Back then many people laughed at the idea that one person could smoke... and another person could be harmed. Today, we know that this is in fact the case and can happen too with light pollution.

Light pollution while it is roughly recognized by many has actually contributed to ecological problems. To minimize this, we must help in environmental protection such as saving energy and implementing green habits to our daily living.